Milk and cookies have long been the textbook dessert duo—but for an out-of-the-box treat, try Girl Scout cookies with local craft beer. Each cookie and brew vastly differ in flavor and personality, but when they’re paired together, it just works. Here are our favorites:
Not Your Daughter’s Thin Mint Stout
Fordham & Dominion Brewing, Dover
For many, Girl Scout Cookie season means Thin Mints. Making a box last longer than a couple days is a talent because let’s face it—there’s nothing quite like a Thin Mint fresh out of the freezer. Each bite is a fresh of breath air with the crisp texture and minty flavor, soothed with a chocolate coating. Pair this nationwide favorite with Fordham & Dominion’s new Not Your Daughter’s Thin Mint Stout, offered for a limited time during cookie season. It’s brewed with peppermint, dark roasted cocoa nibs, milk and vanilla beans to craft an irresistible blend between chocolate and fresh mint—just like the Thin Mint itself.
Old Court Ale
16 Mile Brewery, Georgetown
Wash down this delightfully sweet cookie with 16 Mile’s Old Court Ale. Its caramel finish and citrus aroma provides the seamless contrast to the cookie’s toasted coconut coating. Samoas are rich and creamy in taste complementing the lighter body of Old Court Ale. With both, a hint of caramel lingers that keeps you coming back for more. Stop by 16 Mile this Saturday, Feb. 27, to try four pairing choices for $20.
Morning Glory Espresso Stout
Fordham & Dominion Brewing, Dover
Simplicity shines with the Trefoil cookie, making it a good go-to cookie with any beer. Try contrasting this tasty shortbread sugar cookie with a bold stout like Fordham & Dominion’s Morning Glory Espresso Stout. Wake up your taste buds with this combo.
Do-Si-Dos have been around the block a few times as a member of the Girl Scout cookie collection since 1950. The classic peanut butter sandwich pairs well with any simple beer, but the more malt, the better. Argilla’s dark Patent Porter is the perfect pair for the Do-Si-Dos because it matches the bold flavor without trying to outshine it.
Dogfish Head, Milton
Rah Rah Raisins give a new meaning to the classic oatmeal raisin cookie, with whole grain oats and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks. At two years old, the Rah Rah Raisins are still new to the Girl Scout Cookie collection. Give them an equally lively brew to match while emphasizing the raisin taste with Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton. With tasting notes of vanilla, oak, brandied fruitcake and raisin, Burton Baton is a picture-perfect pair for the Rah Rah Raisins.
Top of the World
Blue Earl Brewing, Smyrna
Ever taken a sip of beer and felt unstoppable? Like you were on top of the world? With notes of nuts, bourbon and dark chocolate plus an ABV of 9 percent, you’ll be pretty close. This soulful imperial stout, named after the folk-blues song written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon, is one of Blue Earl Brewing’s best sellers and is sold by the glass and growler. Pair it with the Girl Scout’s Tagalongs to emphasize the power couple match that is peanut butter and chocolate.
Greenville Pale Ale
Twin Lakes, Newport
Slip (or sip) into your happy place with this pairing of Savannah Smiles and Greenville Pale Ale from Twin Lakes Brewery. Savannah Smiles are a feisty favorite in the Girl Scout Cookie bunch featuring a zesty lemon flavor covered in powdered sugar. They’ll go great with a refreshing glass of Twin Lakes’ Greenville Pale Ale, a medium-bodied ale with hops of citrus and floral. Drink up and smile.
Mispillion River Brewing, Milford
When eating a Toffee-tastic cookie, it’s easy to forget that it’s gluten-free. It’s a rich and buttery cookie full of creamy toffee chunks, and it definitely proves that gluten-free cookies can be just as good as regular ones. Pair Toffee-tastics with Mispillion River’s Praetor Imperial Porter for an exciting and velvety twosome. Praetor has notes of toffee and caramel to match the Toffee-tastic to a tee. If you’re looking for a gluten-free beer to match, try Tweason’ale from Dogfish Head. Its trace of strawberry is a welcomed contrast to the rich toffee flavor of the cookie. Gluten-free has never tasted so good.
See where the nearest box of Girl Scout cookies is to you now at cookielocator.littlebrownie.com. Then drink up and pig out. Have your own favorite combinations of Girl Scout cookies and beer? Share them with us in the comments below.